Julia Pomerenk

University Registrar and AVP for Student Services and Enrollment Management

2021 AACRAO Elections - VP for Records and Academic Services Candidate

For over 20 years, a framed group snapshot has pulled me forward to serve AACRAO.  The photo shows the members of the Local Arrangements Committee for Seattle AACRAO 2001, with matching blue shirts and wide smiles.   Wearing umbrella hats and giving away bubble pens and Mountain bars, we were thrilled to increase enthusiasm for the conference and then delighted to welcome everyone to Seattle a year later.  I remain connected with these colleagues.  I remain committed to building the AACRAO community which is a big job and a bigger joy.

The screenshot of a Zoom meeting, from June, also pulls me forward to continue to serve.  I see the faces of the PACRAO Leadership Development Institute (LDI), the dozen rising leaders, and four faculty members and mentors who represent almost every identity group we seek to serve.  Cohort members from the first three cohorts are stepping into new leadership positions in our associations and institutions and are collaborating for presentations for our state, PACRAO, and AACRAO conferences.  I look forward to continuing to encourage and equip colleagues to see themselves as leaders, another big job and bigger joy.


Picturing myself serving with the AACRAO board pulls me forward.  I believe that my experience, passion, and practice have prepared me to help shape AACRAO’s future community in this role.  I would see a seat at the board table as a privilege, among many that I have been given.  I would look to see who is not at the table, yet.  AACRAO represents greater and greater diversity, growing to look more like the rich variety of students our institutions strive to enroll through graduation.  In my position, I would help push ourselves even further from what appeared to be our former days of "just us" and closer to future days of justice.  

Julia Pomerenk has enjoyed many positions in higher education over the past 35+ years.  Since 2017, Julia has served as the University Registrar and Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at the University of Oregon. Previously, Julia served as the University Registrar at Washington State University and at Pacific Lutheran University (where she started as an admissions counselor). AACRAO has opened opportunities for Julia to advocate during AACRAO Hill Day, to lead the Nominations and Elections Committee, to help with local arrangements for AACRAO annual meetings in Portland (2022) and Seattle (2011 and 2001), and to chair the Awards Committee and the Mentor Committee. Currently, Julia serves on the AACRAO Mentorship Work Group and served earlier with the Program Structure Task Force.  PACRAO has provided Julia with the pleasure of serving as the first Dean for the PACRAO Leadership Development Institute (since 2018). Julia has also served PACRAO as President and as Vice President for Professional Development. Over the years, Julia has contributed numerous sessions, workshops, webinars, and published writings for AACRAO, PACRAO, and the state associations. Julia earned her BA at Pacific Lutheran University and her MA at the Ohio State University.